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October 24, 2009 | David Kelly
Robert Salgado, the long serving, colorful and often controversial leader of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, was arrested by FBI agents today on charges that he accepted more than $250,000 in bribes from vendors and hid his income from the Internal Revenue Service. Salgado, 67, surrendered to authorities after being told that he had been charged in a 36-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. "The indictment alleges a long-running scheme in which Mr. Salgado lined his pockets with money from companies hoping to do business with the tribe," said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
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November 4, 2009 | David Kelly
The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians placed its chairman, Robert Salgado, on administrative leave Tuesday, one day after he pleaded not guilty to 36 counts of bribery. The tribal council said Salgado would be on leave until the charges against him are resolved. The council also said he was not authorized to "conduct business or represent the Tribe in any capacity" although he is still chairman. Salgado, 67, was arrested by FBI agents last week on charges of accepting more than $250,000 in bribes from vendors doing business with the reservation near San Jacinto.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2009 | David Kelly
The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians placed its chairman, Robert Salgado, on administrative leave Tuesday, one day after he pleaded not guilty to 36 counts of bribery. The tribal council said Salgado would be on leave until the charges against him are resolved. The council also said he was not authorized to "conduct business or represent the Tribe in any capacity" although he is still chairman. Salgado, 67, was arrested by FBI agents last week on charges of accepting more than $250,000 in bribes from vendors doing business with the reservation near San Jacinto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2009 | David Kelly
Robert Salgado, the long serving, colorful and often controversial leader of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, was arrested by FBI agents today on charges that he accepted more than $250,000 in bribes from vendors and hid his income from the Internal Revenue Service. Salgado, 67, surrendered to authorities after being told that he had been charged in a 36-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. "The indictment alleges a long-running scheme in which Mr. Salgado lined his pockets with money from companies hoping to do business with the tribe," said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
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August 7, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Parolees on the Soboba Indian reservation have been ordered to leave or face possible arrest after the state corrections department said Wednesday that the area isn't safe for its officers to enter. "Due to escalating violence, we have asked our parolees to immediately leave the reservation," said Gordon Hinkle, deputy press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "Statute allows us to relocate any offender for their safety or the safety of others."
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May 15, 2008 | David Kelly
Authorities have identified the second person killed in a gun battle with Riverside County sheriff's deputies on the Soboba Indian Reservation on Monday night. Angelica Lopez, 30, also known as Tamara Angela Hurtado, was shot dead after a gunfight with deputies, said Riverside County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez. Joseph Arres, 26, also died in the shootout. Both lived on the reservation. The two suspects, both members of the Soboba tribe, were found near a football field.
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July 30, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff on Tuesday called on federal authorities to shut down the Soboba Casino, saying the tribal council had ordered security officers to block or delay his deputies from entering the troubled reservation, where five members have been shot to death during confrontations with his department.
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June 23, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
When James Ramos became chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians this spring, he inherited serious problems of violence and drugs on the reservation. Tribal members had been linked to the Mexican Mafia, federal authorities had raided homes and the private security force had been criticized for being too lenient with some members. Rather than deny or ignore what was going on, Ramos cracked down on crime, making it his priority.
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July 25, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians has accused the Riverside County Sheriff's Department of inadequate training and negligence and of killing a tribal member partly because of his ethnicity. Attorney Jack Schwartz recently filed a tort claim notice with the county Board of Supervisors and vowed to follow up with a federal lawsuit if the panel ignored or denied the claim. Schwartz is representing the family of Gordon Davis Arres, who died after being shot by deputies in December.
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May 17, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Tribal leaders and government officials agreed Friday to draw up a plan to improve cooperation and reduce violence on the troubled Soboba Indian reservation near San Jacinto where three people were killed in the last week. "The escalation of violence has produced bad blood between myself and the Sheriff's Department," Tribal Chairman Robert Salgado said at the start of the meeting held on the reservation, at the Country Club at Soboba Springs. "As the leader, you have to hold your cool.
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July 26, 2003 | Hector Becerra and Hanah Cho, Times Staff Writers
A swift-moving wildfire that began on an American Indian reservation in San Jacinto on Friday destroyed a home and threatened to overtake a trailer park and hundreds of homes in Poppet Flats near the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities said. More than 500 firefighters supported by helicopters, air tankers, fire engines and bulldozers attacked the 6,400-acre fire into the evening.
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July 8, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
After weeks of closed-door negotiations, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians signed a deal Monday aimed at improving the way they communicate and reducing tension on a reservation where three tribal members died in recent gun battles with deputies.
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